For me Christmas time is about spending time with family. Everyone coming together in one, glorious, noisy mess. Laughing, shrieking, shouting, joking, playing card games and board games till all hours of the morning. All of this happening around the dinner table, which should be filled with food… but that’s what I fear the most, cooking something that everyone will love. Well, I asked Heidi to help! A big thank you to Heidi, my Christmas Elf in the kitchen!
Ah, Christmas time…Christmas is all about love, family and togetherness, and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. We do this by exchanging gifts, spending quality time together and of course, by feasting on glorious food!
A sunny South African Christmas menu can include many different dishes and you can probably remember massive tables laden with ham, tongue, a million different salads and sides, chicken and perhaps even a turkey… That’s what my childhood Christmases were like in any case. You might even have enjoyed a Christmas braai or 2… Let’s face it, a traditional South African Christmas is a jolly, sunny affair, most probably spent outside by the pool or at the beach.
Now, when we look at all these traditional things… is a low carb Christmas style possible? Will it be boring? Should you even bother?
In short – yes and no!
Christmas is a celebration, it’s about being together with friends and family and sharing happy memories, good food and creating loving memories and there’s no reason to miss out on a delectable feast!
Having said that, as you know, I’m not a fan of trying to recreate ‘old’ favourites into new low carb treats – there are some that can easily be done and others that are best left alone.
I also prefer to keep things simple and focus on a few really outstanding dishes, rather than making hundreds…
Let’s start with the basics, shall we?
Whether you’re hosting a Christmas get-together or attending one, you’ll need some snacks.
Choose something really delicious and impressive and make it special. I would go for something like these pumpkin pie blinis – mini little bite-sized nibbles that’ll really make it feel like Christmas and a favourite at Changing Dream!
And do try a boozy eggnog too – it’s like a creamy custard drink, with brandy and it’s the best thing ever!
Or perhaps something a little more South African, bacon wrapped meatballs!
On to the main event – I’ve chosen roast chicken. Simply increase the amount of chickens for
every 6 people. You could go the classic route of a roast turkey, but I feel that a roast chicken is perfect for a sunny SA Christmas – you can make it outside on the Weber or braai and rather add 1 more meat option.
How about a delicious pork belly roast?
Or keep things fresh and simple with a Festive Ham Salad as another main option!
Add a festive salad like this Fried Camembert Salad and you’re good to go!
To end off a lovely meal, and because I’ve a bit of a sweet tooth – here are 3 winner dessert options. Let’s start with a cheesecake, then coconut ice cream kisses and finish off with a triple chocolate tart!
Have a happy and blessed Christmas and remember what it’s all about – don’t spend unnecessary time stressing over food and slaving away in the kitchen – unless that’s your thing…
Keep it simple and remember that you don’t even need to tell everybody that your menu is low carb – simply let them enjoy the feast, because let’s face it, this is SO NOT a restrictive ‘diet’..!
P.S. As far as other drinks go – dry wine or bubbly is always the best option instead of sugary cocktails or other drinks mixed with sugary cool drinks. Make sure you have plenty of sparkling water and add a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint for a refreshing drink.